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Michael Jackson's Memorial Cost L.A. $1.4 Million
No one ever said saying good-bye to the King of Pop would be easy — or inexpensive: L.A. shelled out $1.4 million to provide security, security, traffic control and other services for Michael Jackson‘s memorial service, city officials said Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. Most of that went towards the $1.1 million in overtime pay Read More
MJ's Casket Exited via Staples Center's Secret Tunnel
While the whereabouts of Michael Jackson‘s body remain a mystery, it’s been revealed how his golden casket exited the Staples Center without attracting the attention of the hundreds camped outside: E! News reports that security moved the casket through an underground tunnel that connects it to the Nokia Theatre. Janet, LaToya and Rebbie Jackson used Read More
Mariah Explains Her MJ Memorial Performance
Mariah Carey had the responsibility of being the first performer during yesterday’s memorial service for Michael Jackson, opening with the Jackson 5 classic, “I’ll Be There.” And if she seemed a little off, a little less Mariah, there’s a reason. She explained her choked up performance via a series of Twitter posts, saying: “Just recovering Read More
Celebrities Arrive for Michael Jackson's Memorial
Today’s memorial service for Michael Jackson will have no lack of famous faces, as his friends, family and fans all arrive at L.A.’s Staples Center for the 1 p.m. PT tribute. Thus far, the Jackson family has arrived in a group of SUVs with Rev. Al Sharpton. Others making their way into the Staples Center Read More
Michael Jackson's Final Resting Place
Eventually, Michael Jackson will join his idols Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jr. when he’s buried near them at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in L.A. But the late King of Pop has miles to go before his final resting place. His family honored his memory with a wake at Forest Lawn last night, and gathered Read More
Jackson Candelight Vigil Planned at Rock Hall of Fame
Soon after billions watch the Michael Jackson memorial service broadcast from L.A.’s Staples Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will continue the tribute with a candlelight vigil, the Associated Press reports. Tonight’s event will include speeches from a local pastor and Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Read More
Brooke Shields Remembers Michael Jackson
Brooke Shields and Michael Jackson became friends at just 13, when both were already famous. In a special commemorative issue of Rolling Stone dedicated to MJ, Brooke remembers how easy and childlike that friendship really was. “Nothing was jaded about him,” she tells the magazine, adding that it was comfortable being friends because sexuality wasn’t Read More
VIDEO: Madonna Pays Tribute to Michael
On the very same stage that Michael Jackson was to have performed his mammoth 50-show run later this month, Madonna paid tribute to the late King of Pop during her concert on Saturday night in London. During Madge’s performance of her classic, "Holiday," a picture of Michael appeared on a screen above the stage, as Read More
Michael Jackson's Estate in Court
The stage is being set for Michael Jackson‘s family to fight to gain control over his estate. Lawyers for Katherine Jackon, MJ’s 79-year-old mother, and two co-executors of his 2002 will, John Branca and John McClain, are going to meet in Los Angeles Superior Court today. Before the will’s existence was revealed, the court had Read More
Mariah Carey to Perform at MJ Memorial
Mariah Carey first performed the Jackson 5‘s "I’ll Be There" in 1992 on MTV’s Unplugged, a move that reacquainted fans with the 1970 classic. And now Mariah will reportedly be paying tribute to Michael Jackson with her version of that song during the King of Pop’s memorial service tomorrow at the Staples Center in L.A., Read More
Details on How to Get Tickets to Jackson Memorial Service
In a Friday morning press conference, the LAPD and organizers of next Tuesday’s memorial service for Michael Jackson at L.A.’s Staples Center announced details on how to enter your name into the pool of possible attendees and encouraged people without tickets to stay home. A total of 17,500 free tickets will be made available. 11,000 Read More
David Carradine's Cause of Death: Asphyxiation
While the sequence of events leading up to his death is still a mystery, a private pathologist hired by David Carradine‘s family has ruled in a second autopsy that asphyxiation caused his death, reports E! News.   The actor, who was found hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel room June 4. Soon after, Read More
MJ's Drug Aliases
Michael Jackson reportedly used a number of aliases in order to gain access to prescription meds, two of which TMZ reports were used to get powerful prescription medications: Omar Arnold and Jack London.   The site says he also used his bodyguard’s name and the name of one of his doctors’ office managers.   The Read More
Michael's Legacy of Unreleased Recordings
When he died a week ago, Michael Jackson was sitting on so much unreleased music that fans could see more new material from him now that he’s gone than in recent years.   "There are dozens and dozens of songs that did not end up on his albums," Tommy Mottola, who from 1998 to 2003 Read More
Jackson Was "Happy" Before He Died, Says Friend
A lot of the theories flying around about Michael Jackson’s death say that he had major stage fright about his upcoming tour. Many insiders have claimed that the pressure he was under thanks to his upcoming run in London somehow contributed to his demise. But Michael’s friend and trainer, Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno, has Read More
VIDEO: Michael's Last Rehearsal
Though scurrilous reports have described Michael Jackson in his last days as frail and withering, the King of Pop appears to be far from that image in a new video released on Thursday. The company behind Michael’s scheduled 50-performance gig in London this summer has released a video of the singer’s final dress rehearsal, filmed Read More
Michael Jackson Memorial Scheduled
While the family shot down the idea of a public memorial and viewing for Michael Jackson at the Neverland Ranch, a time and place has finally been decided on to honor the fallen King of Pop.   MJ’s farwell service will be on Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at L.A.’s Staples Center. The program Read More
Debbie Rowe Still Involved in Custody Issue
Although Michael Jackson stated that he’d intentionally omitted ex-wife Debbie Rowe from his  2002 will and left the care of his two kids with her, Michael Jackson, Jr. (aka Prince Michael I) and Paris Michael Katherine to his mom, Katherine Jackson, Debbie is still involved in the case.   She’ll have her lawyer, Marta Almli, Read More
Obama on MJ: "I Grew Up on His Music"
While some questioned President Barack Obama‘s lack of a comment after Michael Jackson passed away last week, he says it was just a matter of having someone bring it up.   "Look, you’re the first person who’s actually asked me about it," he tells the Associated Press.   Obama did add that MJ will "go Read More
Karl Malden Passes Away
Veteran and Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden died today at age 97.   Karl won the Oscar in 1951 for his role as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, which also starred Marlon Brando. Karl went on to star in On the Waterfront, also with Marlon, as well as many other films, including Gypsy and Baby Read More